SOUP there it is…..

I know now that it is summer (well, technically it is still spring until next weekend, but the weather has finally arrived), nobody wants to think about soup.

Except me. I love soup, and  I love to make it “partially from scratch” and vary it as much as I please from day to day.

soup there it isSo if you are a nutjob like me who eats hot food even in the summer, here are some ideas to get you going:

1) Start with a good broth or stock (bear with me- I always forget which is which). I am not in the habit of making my own stocks or broths, so I buy mine in the carton, usually Full Circle’s Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth. I also like Pacific’s Mushroom stock and chicken stock

2) Add some veggies. My favorites are:

  • fresh celery
  • fresh carrots
  • fresh mushrooms
  • fresh onions
  • fresh peppers
  • fresh zucchini or summer squash
  • packaged mann’s rainbow salad
  • fresh broccoli/ cauliflower
  • frozen okra
  • frozen veggie mixes
  • and if I’m really desperate, canned green beans (man why do I love these so much, they are so mushy but I just love them… okay if I’m honest it is probably the sodium).

3) Add some protein/fiber. I like the cartons of low sodium beans from Whole foods (black beans, kidney beans, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans) or frozen edamame

4) Add a starch. Some of my favorites are sweet potato (pictured, above), quinoa, tofu noodles, and barley. On lazy days I sometimes even use the 365 brand frozen white quinoa, but it is really a rip off money-wise.

5) Season season season! Here is my list of herbs (I use Penzey’s dried spices for the most part):

  • salt
  • cayenne pepper
  • turmeric
  • dill/oregano/basil (I usually choose just one of these)
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • sweet curry
  • occasionally dried cilantro

That is pretty much it. It takes me about 20-30 minutes which includes chopping veggies for the next day’s lunch while I’m at it. Sure, you can take some other short cuts, but I do enjoy the whole process and usually I’m having a good time in the kitchen while I’m at it- listening to David Bowie or Ben Folds, having a tasty beverage, and joking around with Man-Go-Round.

Do you like to make your own soups? What are your favorite kinds of soup? Do you eat hot foods in the summer or save them for the colder seasons? Do tell!



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15 Responses to SOUP there it is…..

  1. Ada says:

    I love soup! I do tend to gravitate towards it during the colder months; then I make it about once a week. I make a lot of lentil/bean based soups and every once in a hole, nothing beats a homemade batch of chicken noodle. Hoping for a bumper crop of tomatoes so I can make a yummy cream of tomato!

    • Meri says:

      Yum, I am getting hungry just reading these. Your garden looks so impressive I bet you’ll have lots of soups to make come fall!

  2. Raymund says:

    I love making soups at home, I can even remember when was the last time I bought one. My favourite is mushroom soup

  3. Mimi says:

    i’m not really much into soup, but i do like chicken noodle soup and cream of mushroom soup. :)

    <3, Mimi

  4. Simply Life says:

    I absolutely LOVE eating soup- it’s definitely our most common type of meal in our home!

  5. decoybetty says:

    I definitely don’t eat a lot of soup in summer!

    But other than that, I definitely make my own soups mostly from scratch – I don’t make my own stock that much though. Although I wish I did.

  6. Marissa says:

    I love making soup in the winter (so easy to do and comforting), but I just can’t stomach it this type of year. Chilled soups, though, are another story. I’ve been meaning to give some kind of watermelon soup a try this year.

  7. Jasmine says:

    I love soup and funnily enough I eat it more in Summer than in Winter. My two favourites are tomato and basil, and pea soup. Mmm so good.

    x Jasmine

  8. Kristina says:

    I eat soup allll winter long, but for some reason I just can’t do it once the temperature gets above 75-80 degrees. Then it’s all salads, all the time (which weirdly I never want to eat in winter…)

  9. I’m a HUGE soup fan. I mostly like them in the winter and fall, however, because there is something so cozy about it. My boyfriend makes the best white stew. I’ve tried copying how he does it, but I simply cannot no matter how hard I try. It’s like a gift or something. And he does it all from his head. He just knows. It has cream, garlic, ground turkey, cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, and carrots and a bunch of other stuff. I’m drooling just thinking about it.

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